ARC is accessed via the ARC Portal. You can link to the portal from various locations on the Finance Gateway. Sign in using your UNI and password. The ARC Portal provides a single sign-on point of access for ARC as well as a variety of financial reports, including FDS (Financial Data Store) reports. To apply for system access, fill out the Financial Systems Security Application (FSSA). Training is required. See the Required Trainings by Role chart for key links and more information. View Navigational Tips & Tricks Job Aid for additional instruction.
Just applying for Reporting Access?
The Financial Inquiry Application (FIA) is a shorter alternative to the Financial Systems Security Application (FSSA) and offers users a faster and easier way to apply for inquiry only access. With inquiry only access, a user may view data in ARC and may also view financial reports through the Financial Data Store (FDS). There are two types of inquiry access:
• Inquiry Access by Department: Inquiry access by department allows a user to view all financial activity recorded on a specific department. It also allows a user to view all financial activity recorded on ChartFields owned by that specific department.
• Inquiry Access by ChartField: Inquiry access by ChartField allows users to view all financial activity recorded on a specific Project, Activity, Initiative and/or Segment.
• Access to Payroll Accounting Distribution (PAD) info by Department and/or ChartField may also be requested via the Financial Inquiry Application. In addition, this new security application allows an administrator to request reporting access on behalf of faculty, principal investigators and/or scope investigators.
The FSSA and FIA are both available in ServiceNow.
Read the Handbook
Review the Finance Security Handbook and consult with your manager to ensure that you apply for the correct system access.
A majority of the Financial Front End (FFE) modules have been replaced by ARC. However, three modules remain in use and have been retrofitted to accomodate the new Chart of Acoounts and department structure. They are:
Budget Tool (FFE/FINSYS)
Accessed from the ARC Portal
Cash Module (FFE/FINSYS)
Accessed from the ARC Portal
Casual & Support Staff Time Entry Module (FFE)
For details on how to access this module, please visit the download instructions on CUIT's website
To apply for system access, fill out the Financial Systems Security Application (FSSA).
People@Columbia (PAC) Access
A customized version of PeopleSoft that integrates and processes all Human Resources and Payroll transactions for Columbia University. The system is managed by CUHR. Please navigate to the PAC Toolkit page for information regarding policy, access, functionality, training and user resources.
Legacy System & Reports Access
As of July 2012, many financial systems have been replaced by ARC. The following applications and reporting tools will still be available in read-only mode: FFE, AP/CAR, DARTS, and FAS. They can be accessed from the ARC Portal.
AP/CAR (Accounts Payable Control Analytical Review) - Read Only
AP/CAR was the University’s automated payment voucher processing system that has been replaced by ARC. It was used to electronically submit payment vouchers to Accounts Payable. It is only available in READ-ONLY status as of July 2012.
For details on how to access AP/CAR, please visit the download instructions on CUIT's website.
FFE (Financial Front End System) - Read Only
For details on how to access FFE, please visit the download instructions on CUIT's website.
For access, please complete the Financial Systems Security Application
DARTS (Pre-July 2012 data only)
DARTS is a web-based legacy application that brought together diverse University financial data allowing users to run a variety of management reports.
Navigate to the DARTS homepage to access read-only data.
FAS Data Warehouse (DWR) Reports
Access via the DWR Reports tab on My Columbia. You willl find pre-July 2012 FAS reports, COB reports as well as other legacy report functions.